League Week 5

“If you do this long enough, it is going to happen again” consoled John, one of the shooters at our league competition, referring to my misfire.  The misfire, my very last shot of a disappointing night.

I began the night aiming for a score of 300; on my second shot I hit blue.* Three hundred was not going to happen. As I prepared for my last shot of the evening the best I could score would be 294.  The very last arrow was notched.  Raising my arms, drawing back, eyes on the target, milliseconds from anchoring, my arrow flew away.  My final end, X, X, X, 9, 0.

There is no concealing a shot that misses in such roguish glory. My arrow, at the end of my lane, defiantly smacking into the backstop feet above the mark.  There is nothing to add, no worthy excuse, this is not a near miss.  This is that shot that had it flown into lights knocking them out could not have been less noticed.  No one on the line or in the room missed the miss. When you put it on the line, there is nowhere to hide.

Next week, don’t focus on the score, focus on the shot.


Range at Cypress Creek Archery
Range at Cypress Creek Archery

* Using the NFAA 5-spot target. This league adjusts the scoring to expedite the evening. White = 10, blue = 9.  Six ends rather than 12.



2 thoughts on “League Week 5”

  1. I recently read your article “The Four “Cs” in Sports and Archery: Tips for Achieving Your Goals” under the Archery Research section of this website, and found the comparison with the mental aspects of archery and how you prepare for cycling competitions very compelling. I’m an amateur with regards to archery but I’ve been cycling most of my adult life. I’m 58 years old now and I started competitive cycling when I was around 15 or 16 years old. I’m always looking for other sports to compliment my cycling and archery is one of them.
    I found your explanation of the common denominators of success, or as you call it, the “Elements of the “4C’s”, enlightening. These common denominators you explain along with your reference to the Brian Mackenzie article lays it all out there and is really very applicable to archery and other sports such as cycling. They are:
     Concentration: your ability to maintain focus.
     Confidence: believing in your ability.
     Control: your ability to maintain emotional control regardless of the distraction.
     Commitment: your ability to continue working toward your goal. (1)
    Your article makes it all very understandable for a novice like me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ll be looking for more from you as every little bit helps!
    Michael Rahal
    Nashville, TN

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